WHO CAN PERFORM THE WORK
Only licensed contractors or owner/builders may obtain a permit and perform the work. Building permits are issued in the name of the person(s) performing the work. There are no exceptions, this is the law.Owner/Builder RequirementsOwner/builder permits are limited to the new construction of one single family residence per 24 month period and interior remodeling of commercial buildings is limited to $75,000 in value.
Under certain circumstances, owners of property may be exempt from contractor qualification and certification requirements. To qualify for such an exemption, an owner must personally appear and sign the building permit application and must satisfy local permitting agency requirements, if any. The owner must also complete and sign a DISCLOSURE STATEMENT which will be provided by the Building Department.
Florida Statutes, Disclosure Statement 489.103 (7) states: State law requires construction to be done by licensed contractors. You have applied for a permit under an exemption to that law. The exemption allows you, as the owner of your property, to act as your own contactor with certain restrictions even though you do not have a license.
Please be advised that the Owner/Builder is liable for the employees he hires to perform the construction. This responsibility may include the following where required by Law:
1. Worker’s compensation
(for workers injured on the job) 2. Social Security Tax
(must be deducted from the employees wages and matched with
the owner’s funds) 3. Unemployment Compensation
(may or may not be required) 4. Liability Coverage 5. Federal Withholding TaxContractor RequirementsIt is required that every contractor working in the City of Miami Beach must file valid, updated copies of their licenses and insurances with the Building Department before they will be allowed to obtain a permit. The following includes the licensing requirements for State Certified and Registered Contractors:
The Building Department has an electronic profile for each contractor showing his or her address, phone number, certificate of competency number or the state certification/registration number, name of qualifier and the expiration date of the occupational or the municipal contractor occupational license, Workman’s Compensation and Liability Insurance.Request to obtain a pin numberOnce a contractor is registered with the City of Miami Beach, the Building Department will issue the contractor a pin number. The pin number can be obtained by phoning 305-673-7610.
Request to change pin numberPin numbers can be changed at the request of the qualifying contractor. The contractor must submit a letter to the Building Department on the company's letterhead, explaining why a pin number change is being requested. The license number of the qualifying contractor shall be included in the letter. The qualifying contractor must sign the letter and have his signature notarized before submitting to the Building Department.